Why do we celebrate Christmas? Is it for all the presents and good food. We celebrate Christmas because of the first Christmas present God gave to man.
“Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to enrol themselves, every one to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; to enrol himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:1-7 ASV)
When Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, I bet they were tired,dusty, worn out. All they wanted was a place to lie down. When the innkeeper told Joseph No Room. He was probably like what, come again. However Mary was expecting a child so the innkeeper have them the only room available, the stable. There is no record of them complaining they were content with what they had. The stable was open anyone could come in. The Bible days smelly shepherds walked into see the newborn baby.
“And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased. And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child. And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken unto them.”Luke 2:8-20 ASV)
The stable was open to anyone. Much like the love we receive from that newborn. There were no regulations to see they baby, the shepherds were allowed in. There is no requirement to receive Gods love.
That newborn baby is the reason we celebrate Christmas. That newborn grew up to be a man of many miracles. That man was God gift to us. That man
Came to save the world from its sins.
“But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ASV)
That baby is Jesus Christ, the first and best Christmas present.
I hope you have room for Jesus in between the wrapping paper and fun.
I pray you are as content as Mary and Joseph were with the stable.